Elias Mays

Elias Mayes

Full Name: Elias Mayes
Other surnames: May, Mays
Date of birth: February 15, 1831
Date of death: January 5, 1910

Terms of Service top

Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
H 50 Jan 8, 1889 - Jan 13, 1891 21st (1) (2)   Republican Bryan / Brazos   Brazos
H 28 Jan 14, 1879 - Jan 11, 1881 16th (3) (4) (5)   Republican Bryan / Brazos   Brazos

(1) Republican. Biennial Report of the Secretary of State of the State of Texas: List of Senators and Representatives.
(2) A. Asberry, Elias Mays, and R.B. Renfro [Rentfro], Republicans. Roster of Representatives of the 21st Legislature, "Twenty-First Legislature: Members of the House, Address, Occupation and Politics," Galveston Daily News, 1/5/1889, p. 2, crediting Abilene Library Consortium. "The star indicates republican; those unmarked are democrats. [Note - Quite a number of the members who are marked democrats were elected as independents.]" Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries).
(3) Republican, 1/14/1879, p. 1. Galveston Daily News.
(4) Republican. Texas Legislative Manual, 1879-80, 1879.
(5) "Mays campaigned and was elected on the Greenback ticket," p. 129. Through Many Dangers, Toils, and Snares: Black Leadership in Texas, 1868-1898, 2016.

Biographical Notes and Resources top

Resolutions and Journal entries

Biographical Sketches

Other Resources

  • Elias Mays, memorial marker in Bryan City Cemetery, Bryan, Brazos County. Find a Grave.
  • Mentioned in CLARKSVILLE, TEXAS Handbook of Texas Online.
  • Mentioned in Historical Clarksville, 2000.
  • Elias Mays. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004, 2005.
  • Mentioned in Negro Legislators of Texas and Their Descendants, 1970.
  • Biographical Information, p. 97. Born 2/15/1831. Negro Legislators of Texas and Their Descendants: A History of the Negro in Texas Politics from Reconstruction to Disfranchisement, 1935.
  • Death notice, "Elias Mays Dead," The Bryan Daily Eagle and Pilot, 1/5/1910, p. 3. "Elias Mays, one of the oldest and best known colored men in Bryan, and this section of the state, died at his home in this city this morning. He was at one time was a member of the legislature from this county." Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries).


Composite Photographs on Display in the Capitol

Committee Information top

21st R.S. - 1889
Representation and Apportionment  
16th R.S. - 1879
Counties and County Boundaries  

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